If you’ve seen a Willie Nelson concert in the last 35 years you’ve seen
Jody Payne. He was the guitar player on Willie’s right side and sang harmony on many of Willie’s classics. Payne retired to Stapleton, Alabama with his wife Vicki a couple of years ago. He continued playing music, teaching the guitar at a local music store.
Baldwin County Coroner Stan Zinson says Payne died at 5:12 a.m. Saturday at a hospital from cardiac problems. He says Payne got up early in his house feeling ill, and his wife called an ambulance. Jody Payne was 77. Willie’s website notes: ” We understand that he will not have a public funeral and a possible memorial will be held later this year.”